My daily readings 04/28/2011

    • It’s funny, I started to write a reply explaining my love of Delicious. But the more I articulated the reasons, the more I realized I loved what it was, and don’t really use it anymore.

      1. Before browsers could sync my bookmarks across multiple computers, posting them to delicious was the best way to have access to them anywhere.

      2. Before instapaper let me save articles to read later, Delicious was a great way to have a tagged backlog of things to explore whenever I have freetime.

      3. Before Twitter, the best way to know what your favorite developers or designers were thinking about was to follow what they were bookmarking on Delicious.

      4. Before HN, looking at the usage of tags and stories per tag helped me figure out what technologies or topics were growing in popularity and find out what to read first about them.

    • I find this post really interesting. I’ve been thinking about this space and those 4 particular use cases for some time now and my co-founders and I started a company – The Shared Web – to make a product to tackle the last 2 cases in particular. We built a service where you subscribe to the topics you care about and get content shared from the people you trust. We show you content that is popular from the whole community but emphasize content from the people that you “follow”. Would love to have you try it out at and let me know what you think.
    • I think he’s saying that the ‘focusing on one thing’ part is important. Regardless of how well you do a task, if you offer many services, you might not come to be associated as strongly with a particular task in the consumer’s mind. Thus, when they come to think of that function, specialists come to mind rather than the you, the generalist.

      That’s how the theory goes, anyway.

    • That is exactly how I used it. I’ve since moved on to Pinboard in the great Yahoo! scare of ’10 and am very happy there. One of my favorite features is emailing myself URLs from my iDevice.

      I’ve never really cared what others are bookmarking, as I’ve found Google has traditionally been just as good as a big group of anonymous people at telling me what to look at.

      Cross-link that with people I follow on Twitter and it might get interesting, though…

    • Exactly! As much I have tried to switch back to browser bookmarks, syncing and other social tools, nothing seems to do the job as well as Delicious. The browser integrations are very fast and the overall implementation is extremely simple.
    • I think I only use 20% of Delicious, but it is the 20% I love it for.

      To me, Delicious is like a really organized attic or “backlog” of interesting stuff I found online and want to remember for later. It allows me to find things back because of the tags, but it doesn’t take as much time as writing blog posts and I don’t have to think about burdening my followers the way I have to with Twitter. I actually wrote about it a while back: (see comments)

      I don’t use the social features at all and I am really curious what direction Delicious will take under new management.

    • My take is this: searching delicious for tags of my interests always turned up cool results I would never find in Google.

      Example: I write software for, and have a strong interest in, professional photographers and I keep bookmarks of my favorite photographers for inspiration. Many of them were found via delicious.

    • I used to use as a sort of online magazine. I would read the feed for posts tagged “python” and see all the blog posts about Python that people were reading that day. My usage was very similar to the way people use Twitter and Hacker News today.
    • Now there’s an idea for an iPad app, along the lines of Flipboard and but using delicious bookmarks.
    • An example usage is following popular feeds;

      To me, Delicious is more valuable than Facebook and Twitter. Social bookmarking lets us to extract information from the chaos.

    • (I’ve been running social bookmarking site,, since 2005).

      I still think there is a largely unmet need that fits into the “Social Bookmarking” niche. But I don’t think “Social” is the best way to think about it.

      As an avid user (of, in my case) – I use it for (in order of importance):

          1. Pack Rat - I don't ever want to loose a link I       found interesting enough to want to recall later.    2. Personal Search - I need a great search interface       to quickly find anything I've saved (search across       tags, and comment text).

      The unmet need – NOT “Social” in the sense that I want to share links with my “friends” – but, rather, topic-based “Communities”. Help me interact with people who share the same interests. This is more in the vein of Hacker News or Reddit. But I don’t have any one service (Faves, included) that do this “right” yet.

      I think I want a well integrated system that spans:

          - Personal Bookmarking    - Personal Knowledge Base w/ Search    - Topic Forums    - Commenting system    - Micro-blogging/publishing
    • I agree. Back in the days before HN, I would often use Delicious as my aggregator of choice. I would follow specific tags (webdev, informatics, etc.) in my RSS reader and I would find amazing resources all the time. In retrospect, each tag could be similar to a subreddit, but with much higher quality links. These topic-based communities as you put it are much more interesting than, say, seeing what links my cousin shared on FB.
    • The YouTube founders plan to work closely with the community over the next few months to develop innovative features to help solve the problem of information overload. “We see this problem not just in the world of video, but also cutting across every information-intensive media type,” said Chen.
  • tags: Social network

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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